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Genesis: Let There Be Phil

Genesis: Let There Be PhilPhil Collins will join his old bandmates Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford to perform as Genesis for the first time since he left the band in 1995. The prog-pop rockers are reforming to pay tribute to their manager Tony Smith at September 21's Music Managers Forum in London, where Smith will pick up the Peter Grant Award for Outstanding Achievement.

The award is named after the legendary Led Zeppelin and Yardbirds manager, who ensured his charges received their cut of ticket receipts by personally monitoring venue box offices. In the past, the MMF has given awards to such managers and label executives as CBS's Muff Winwood, who signed Terence Trent D'Arby and Sade, and Alan McGee, credited with discovering Oasis.

The one-off performance could be an indication of greater things to come. Phil Collins followed up the disappointing sales for his 1996 album Dance Into the Light with an incomprehensible foray into big-band arrangements of Genesis hits like "Invisible Touch." Genesis have also seen their sales slide since they replaced Collins with former Stiltskin singer Ray Wilson.

The International Music Managers Forum describes itself on its Web site as a body set up "to raise professional standards in management." The MMF also liaises between its members and the British government, artists, and promoters.

Lionel Richie is also due to perform at the ceremony, which will be held at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane. Awards will also be given for Manager of the Year and Producer of the Year, while two unnamed honorees will be inducted into the British Music Roll of Honor.

Phil Collins has another reason to celebrate other than getting back together with old friends. The BBC reported that the 49-year-old Collins and his 28-year-old wife, Orianne, are expecting their first child. Orianne is said to be three months pregnant.

"It is very early days yet and they have not even told all the members of their families yet," said a spokesman. Phil Collins married Orianne in July 1999 after hiring her as his interpreter.

© VH1, by C. Bottomley

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